high blood pressure

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what is high blood pressure

High blood pressure is when the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. It affect the body in many different ways and to different people. It affects mainly people ages 41 to 60+. High blood pressure can lead to a stoke by damaging and weakening the brain's blood vessels. It also can cause dementia and blood clots.

why you should know about it

High blood pressure is very important to know about. If you have it you should know so you can change your life style. You need to change your lifestyle because that is how you help it and it causes many other diseases.

causes

  • obesity
  • genetics
  • environment/ unhealthy lifestyle/habits
  • smoking
  • lack of physical activity
  • older age

symptoms

usually none but if it is extreme they are

  • head aches
  • shortness of breath
  • nose bleeds
  • dizzy spell

treatment

  • life style changes
  • healthy eating
  • being physically active
  • maintain healthy weight
  • limiting alcohol intake
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facts and statistics

  • about 70 million or 29% american adults have high blood pressure
  • 52% of the people with it have it under control
  • it costs the nation $46 billion every year
  • 81.5 percent of the people were aware they had it
  • 69% of people who have their first heart attack, 77% of people who have their first stroke and 74% of people who have congestive heart failure have high blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg
  • from 1999 to 2009 the death rate from high blood pressure raised 17.1%
  • 30% of women and 32% of men have high blood pressure
  • 40% of adults 25 and older have high blood pressure
  • 12.8% of total deaths are because of high blood pressure
  • men are more likely to get it than women

diet that helps prevent it

the dash diet:


lower your sodium intake and eat more foods rich in nutrients

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